LOTRO Bingo Boffin

Keeping players interested during the long stretches between content updates is a challenge for any MMO development team. The guys at Turbine realize this and have decided to implement something akin to weekly episodic television in The Lord of the Rings Online.

Over on the LOTRO dev blog, Jeff “MadeOfLions” Libby describes how the dev team would chat every week about their favorite TV shows and whether the same approach could be utilized in an MMO. The result is The Ballad of Bingo Boffin, a story that’s to be doled out in free weekly chunks every Wednesday over the course of a full year. The first part starts at level 8 by talking to Bingo at his home in Michel Delving, with subsequent weeks’ adventures rising in level and taking players all over Middle-earth. You can play each week when it’s new or jump in at any time and “binge-watch” your way through everything that’s been released so far.

Playing through Bingo’s ballad will earn players Bingo Badges, which can be traded to a new NPC, Bert Bartleby for various rewards. So I guess you could say the Ballad of Bingo Boffin badgers Bounders to bring Bingo Badges to Bert Bartleby for bountiful bonus booty.

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Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.

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  1. hovsep56 on July 25, 2015

    is it so hard for them to just remove the restrictions the game would be so much more popular if they did it i don’t get why they dislike earing more money.

  2. Todoran on July 20, 2015

    nice game to bad it has a milking cash shop and restrictions… and gona shut doen in 2017. 🙁 Turbine are idiots.

  3. luthePOObear on July 20, 2015

    Great article! I will spend some Money and time in LotRO Again. It seems to worth it again.

  4. Jafarson on July 20, 2015

    lotro also can try to suk ma dik